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Amex Everyday Card Approval and some of my recent credit-building experiences

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Amex Everyday Card Approval and some of my recent credit-building experiences

So, I've been getting a lot of use from these forums researching cards and strategies, and I thought it was time I posted something. If you want to get right to the Amex Everyday approval, you'll need to scroll down a bit. Spoiler alert: I got approved for a $5,000 spending limit yesterday with TU and EQ scores of 639, and no EX score yet; my oldest card goes back to March, 2018 (4 months).

 

To make a long story short, I had a bunch of credit cards with my then-wife in the 1980s, and basically did *everything* that one should NOT do with credit cards, ended up hopelessly in debt, swore off cards forever.

 

Fast forward to 2018: with retirement looming, for a number of reasons, I came to the realization that having some credit would be a good thing, haha, so I got to work. Note that I'll be retiring outside the US, to an economy where cost of living is very favorable with a modest US pension.

 

First (back in March 2018), I applied for a Capital One Quicksilver One--this is with NO credit record, mind you--and kind of to my surprise, got approved for $300. Needless to say, I've been meticulous with that card, keeping utilization around 6%, paying it off multiple times a month. Capital One started reporting after the first statement due date, and my credit went from 0 (well below 0 according to some apps) to 660 pretty much overnight. Oh, the other thing I did starting out was to get reports from all three bureaus, and clean up some of the wrong addresses and references to jobs I never worked on some of them. Capital One tells me that my limit will be upped to $500 in September.

 

The next thing I did--which I'm still not sure was the right move--was to ask one of my former students, who I'm very close to and whom I trust as a responsible individual, to add me to her Amex PRG to help build my credit. After about a month, when Amex reported my authorized user status to Experian, my score on both of the other bureaus instantly dropped from 666 to 642. I hadn't thought things through; I forgot PRG is a charge card and being a user on it would not help my spending limit, and since my student and her husband charge from $6,000 to $12,000 on their PRG each month (paying it all off every month as well, of course), the only immediate "benefit" I got from being added is for my "debt" shown on the bureau reports to shoot through the roof. Oh, btw, Experian is still not showing a score for me. So I've decided to hang in there and wait a few months to see if the fact that this new debt regularly gets paid off will eventually help my score or not.

 

In the meantime, I applied for and got instantly approved for an Adorama store card ($500 limit) and an Amazon store card (instant approval for $1,000 limit); my score is currently 639, but the Adorama and Amazon cards have not started reporting yet. Then, the big success: about two weeks ago, I applied for an Amex Everyday card (the hard pull knocked my score down from 642 to 639) because Credit Karma told me I had a good chance of being approved. I got the dreaded "further consideration" message, then an e-mail asking for a pay stub. I sent one, but then got another e-mail asking for an IRS transcript of a recent 1040. I called Amex because this kind of baffled me, since my income is close to $80,000; they told me on the phone that my pay stub had no date on it so they couldn't accept it (it most certainly DOES have a date on it, very prominently displayed)...I decided not to argue, and faxed them the form approving the transcript of my tax return.

 

Another week went by, and, to my surprise, I got an approval e-mail from Amex for the Everyday Card yesterday, with a $5,000 spending limit! The latter, I really did not expect. Again, this is with a 639 score on two bureaus and no score on EX, so I'm sure my income was key.

 

Anyway, no more applications from me for a while! I plan next to try for a card I can actually USE for something, haha, like Amex Hilton Ascend or maybe even Aspire (I travel a lot, and stay in Hiltons often), but I wouldn't dream of trying for either until, say, next summer. My next plan after that is to take out a small personal loan from Marcus (Goldman Sachs' new-ish online savings and lending platform), probably $5,000, that I'll pay off in one year, and then a two-year, $20,000 loan from them a year after that, with a long-term goal of a 7-year, $40,000 loan to help with buying a house in a foreign country when I retire in 2025. By then I hope to have good enough credit to get Marcus' best interest rate on that loan, which currently is 6%.

EX (Fico 8): 761 TU (Vantage 3): 770 EQ (Vantage 3): 762
Amex Platinum; Amex Gold; Amex Green; Amex Hilton Aspire $11,500; Citi AA MileUp $7,700; Amex Everyday Preferred $5,000; Chase Ink Unlimited $8,000; Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business $5,000; Chase IHG Premier $5,000; Amex Delta Platinum $5,000; Amex Delta Business Gold $10,000; Amex Hilton Business $3,000; Bank of America Alaska Airlines card $3,200; CapOne Quicksilver One $500
Oldest account: March 2018; Youngest account: Dec. 2019
Store cards: Amazon (Synchrony) $1,000
Goals: EX 780 by early 2021
Wanted cards: Chase Sapphire Reserve; Chase Ink Preferred; Chase Ink Cash; Chase World of Hyatt; Schwab Plat; Barclay Aviator Red; Citi Prestige
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Re: Amex Everyday Card Approval and some of my recent credit-building experiences

Congrats! You've done an amazing job with re-establishing your credit. I also would second guess the PRG add but since it's already there, I would leave it for now. Good luck with retirement!


Scores - All bureaus 756 +
TCL - Est. $275K
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Thank you! Yes, I'm going to hang in there and see if the PRG AU thing eventually raises my score in any discernible way...if it doesn't in another 3-4 months or so, I'll ask them to take me off.

EX (Fico 8): 761 TU (Vantage 3): 770 EQ (Vantage 3): 762
Amex Platinum; Amex Gold; Amex Green; Amex Hilton Aspire $11,500; Citi AA MileUp $7,700; Amex Everyday Preferred $5,000; Chase Ink Unlimited $8,000; Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business $5,000; Chase IHG Premier $5,000; Amex Delta Platinum $5,000; Amex Delta Business Gold $10,000; Amex Hilton Business $3,000; Bank of America Alaska Airlines card $3,200; CapOne Quicksilver One $500
Oldest account: March 2018; Youngest account: Dec. 2019
Store cards: Amazon (Synchrony) $1,000
Goals: EX 780 by early 2021
Wanted cards: Chase Sapphire Reserve; Chase Ink Preferred; Chase Ink Cash; Chase World of Hyatt; Schwab Plat; Barclay Aviator Red; Citi Prestige
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It usually takes some time to stabilize and show. I added my wife as an AU and her score took a drop but over the next few months, I'm sure it'll come back up. Whenever a new account is added, the AAoA drops and the adding of a new account causes a drop. (also if app'ing for a card, the inquiry causes a drop). All of those and other things do recover over time so I wouldn't worry about it too much. Once you establish, 1-2 years of AAoA, the impact should be minimal.


Scores - All bureaus 756 +
TCL - Est. $275K
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Thanks for the insight! I'll be patient.😁 They also offered to make me an AU on their CSR when they get one next year...that should show more immediate improvement in my score.
EX (Fico 8): 761 TU (Vantage 3): 770 EQ (Vantage 3): 762
Amex Platinum; Amex Gold; Amex Green; Amex Hilton Aspire $11,500; Citi AA MileUp $7,700; Amex Everyday Preferred $5,000; Chase Ink Unlimited $8,000; Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business $5,000; Chase IHG Premier $5,000; Amex Delta Platinum $5,000; Amex Delta Business Gold $10,000; Amex Hilton Business $3,000; Bank of America Alaska Airlines card $3,200; CapOne Quicksilver One $500
Oldest account: March 2018; Youngest account: Dec. 2019
Store cards: Amazon (Synchrony) $1,000
Goals: EX 780 by early 2021
Wanted cards: Chase Sapphire Reserve; Chase Ink Preferred; Chase Ink Cash; Chase World of Hyatt; Schwab Plat; Barclay Aviator Red; Citi Prestige
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Congrats on your approval and very nice SL , thanks for data points , also congrats on your recent success !!!!

 

 

 

8-2019 / Fico 8 EX 8013 , EQ 8016 , TR 810
Amex ED 22k , CSP 17k , Discover iT 12.5k , Fifth Third Bank S2C 12k , BofA Cash Rewards 10k , Avianca Vida 10k , State Farm Good Neighbor Visa 10k , Citi DD 6k , Union Bank Rewards 5k
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Congrats on rebuilding your credit. Good SL on your AmexEveryday.




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Congrats on a successful rebuild so far.

 

Just a note for anyone else who my come across this thread.  American Express does not accept pay stubs as verification of income; you must submit a 4506T form authorizing Amex to pull your 1040 directly from the IRS.

 





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Thanks. Interesting, because they definitely acted like they accepted them...they gave me the option of a pay stub or the IRS form, I chose the pay stub, and then received an e-mail from them acknowledging receipt of it...it was about 5 days later that I got a letter saying they weren't accepting the pay stub "because there was no date on it," which, after a call, I gave up trying to argue about and submitted the form.

EX (Fico 8): 761 TU (Vantage 3): 770 EQ (Vantage 3): 762
Amex Platinum; Amex Gold; Amex Green; Amex Hilton Aspire $11,500; Citi AA MileUp $7,700; Amex Everyday Preferred $5,000; Chase Ink Unlimited $8,000; Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business $5,000; Chase IHG Premier $5,000; Amex Delta Platinum $5,000; Amex Delta Business Gold $10,000; Amex Hilton Business $3,000; Bank of America Alaska Airlines card $3,200; CapOne Quicksilver One $500
Oldest account: March 2018; Youngest account: Dec. 2019
Store cards: Amazon (Synchrony) $1,000
Goals: EX 780 by early 2021
Wanted cards: Chase Sapphire Reserve; Chase Ink Preferred; Chase Ink Cash; Chase World of Hyatt; Schwab Plat; Barclay Aviator Red; Citi Prestige
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@ratchada wrote:

Interesting, because they definitely acted like they accepted them...they gave me the option of a pay stub or the IRS form, I chose the pay stub, and then received an e-mail from them acknowledging receipt of it...it was about 5 days later that I got a letter saying they weren't accepting the pay stub "because there was no date on it," which, after a call, I gave up trying to argue about and submitted the form.


 

 

Amex is unusual in that regard; I've never heard about anyone successful at submitting a paystub...they always insist on the 4605T.

 

Where are you getting your credit reports/scores from?  Is it Credit Karma?

 

You shouldn't be surprised you were approved.  Although you wouldn't necessarily have a record of recently using credit - credit reports only contain the last 7 years of information - you were already in the credit bureaus records from back in the 80s.  If you previously had an American Express your new card should come with the Member Since date showing the year you first got an Amex card.





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